Sunday 26 January 2020

Shane Long and Robbie Brady linked with January move to Sunderland

Robbie Brady left, and Shane Long
Robbie Brady left, and Shane Long
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates his goal against Moldova

David Smith

Sunderland are reportedly interested in signing Robbie Brady and Shane Long.

David Moyes is on the lookout for players with a proven track record in England, and could make a move for the Irish duo in January.

Brady was linked with a £12 million move to Premier League champions Leicester after his performances at Euro 2016, but surprisingly, the 24-year-old was still at Norwich when the transfer window slammed shut.

According to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, Moyes is a big admirer of Brady, whose versatility could be useful at the Stadium of Light.

Norwich are currently second in the Championship, but any opportunity to play in the Premier League is likely to tempt the Ireland international, who was disappointed no move materialised during the summer.

The Black Cats are also said to be interested in Shane Long.

The Tipperary native has yet to score for the Saints this season, and is behind Charlie Austin in the pecking order at St Mary's.

Long, 29, signed for Southampton for £12million in 2009, and might be reluctant to relocate to Sunderland.

While a move to Sunderland might represent a step up for Brady, it would be seen by a many as a step down for Long, whose Southampton side are competing in the Europa League this year.

Brady has been relegated from the Premier League twice in the last two seasons, first with Hull in 2014/15, and last season with Norwich.

Sunderland are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, so Brady will be keen not to find himself back in the Championship next year.

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